Joining the MyMiddle-earth Community is FREE but for those that would like to support the Network and receive a lot of free and discounted goods, you can become a Piper of Dreams!
Advantages of membership are:
- 33% discount on select store merchandise
- Discount on Mythgard classes
- Premium website with additional theme and plugin options
- Free digital downloads
- Inside information on what’s taking place behind the scenes at Middle-earth Network
- Exclusive access to media content
- Knowledge that you are making a difference by taking part in creating a new paradigm that can inspire the world
Become a Piper of Dreams with Middle-earth Network!
3 years ago John DiBartolo and Mark Ostley founded Middle-earth Network. It stemmed from a shared vision they had. In brief that vision was that they could unite a group of creators (or sub-creators as Tolkien expressed) into a solid unified group of people who believed that there were underlying truths the world needed today.
That these underlying truths were best conveyed through the medium and genre of fantasy. That the art, literature, and music of these sub-creators transcended religious and political ideologies. In short the platform of fantasy (and sci-fi it’s sub genre) inspired us to embrace the very things we’re lacking in today’s societies. Honor, friendship, compassion, perseverance, tolerance, & community.
In 1915 Estella Canziani painted a picture entitled ‘The Piper of Dreams’. It became a phenomena that year, and over 250,000 reproductions were made. Thousands of these were held by servicemen in the trenches of World War 1, where it reminded them that there was something beyond the day to day drudgery of the trenches, and indeed it was believed to be something of a talisman.
Since Middle-earth Network began, many people have joined with us, to share that vision. The likes of Ted Nasmith, Ruth Lacon, Jay Johnstone, Mark Ordesky (who is the executive producer of the Lord of the Rings trilogy), and many other sub-creators, like Dr. Corey Olsen, aka ‘The Tolkien Professor’, and 1000′s more!
3 years later we stand at the threshold of being the largest community in the world of it’s type. Several hundred thousand unique visitors each month, 15,000 to 20,000 unique listeners each month to our radio station, and a social media presence of over 8,000,000 people via our NarniaFans Facebook. Over 500 websites and blogs are hosted on our Network, where everyone has benefited from this vast audience who have responded to this dream.
Our goal was to unite a community of like minded visionaries in a way where we could promote their works, and cause them to feed into each others works, thereby gaining their individual messages a greater distribution and following. So when we promote the Middle-earth Network, or ask people to ‘join us’, we’re asking people to work with each other to realize our common dreams. We chose to do this in such a way that, while we are united, each individual retains their independence, and ownership, and total control, over what they are doing.
Your ongoing support enables us to create, develop, and grow what we’re all doing here.
Join with us to become today’s ‘Piper of Dreams’.